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Start Date : Thursday, September 7, 2017 [nothing.gif]

Start Time : 7:00 PM
Location : Theater
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Registration Required ? : No
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Program Status : Past
Program Description : Join us as St. John's University Professors Howard Ehrlich and Harvey Sackowitz discuss the troubled life of President Lincoln's wife. A privileged daughter of the proud clan that founded Lexington, Kentucky, Mary Todd was raised in a world of frontier violence and subjected to her first abandonment at age six when her mother died. Mary fled a hostile stepmother for Springfield, Illinois. Here she met and, after a stormy romance, married the raw Illinois attorney, Abraham Lincoln. For 25 years the Lincolns forged opposing temperaments into a tolerant loving marriage. Mary was at her husband's side the night of his assassination, and never recovered from that greatest in a series of grievous abandonments. The desperate measures she took to win the acknowledgement she sought all her life finally led to the shock of a public insanity hearing instigated by her eldest son. Join us for the shocking and tragic story of one of America's most significant first ladies. All welcome.

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